Soccer: Veteran forward Okazaki joins Sint-Truiden in Belgium

Former Japan forward Shinji Okazaki has signed for Sint-Truiden, the Belgian first-division side said Friday, the veteran joining four compatriots at the club including Shinji Kagawa.

The 36-year-old Okazaki, winner of the English Premier League with Leicester in the 2015-2016 season, left Cartagena in the Spanish second tier at the end of their last campaign.

"I'm happy to join this ambitious club," said Okazaki, who will wear No. 30 for the team. "With my experience and focus, I want to help the team achieve results and climb up the standings as quickly as possible."

The Hyogo Prefecture native left Shimizu S-Pulse in the J-League for Germany in 2011 and played for Stuttgart and Mainz in the Bundesliga before winning the Premier League in his first season in England.

Okazaki played in the Spanish top tier for a season during his two-year spell at Huesca from 2019 before spending a season at Cartagena.

Okazaki has scored 50 times for Japan, putting him third on the all-time goal-scorers list.

Along with former Borussia Dortmund star Kagawa, Sint-Truiden currently has Japanese keeper Daniel Schmidt, defender Daiki Hashioka and forward Daichi Hayashi in their squad.

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